Bunnies and the joy in simplicity

From Grandma Elizabeth one can learn not to always be sad when people leave, because if they made it better when they were there it was worth it.

 Easter bunnies happened to sit in front of me in the bus.

There we were: enjoying each other’s company for a half hour.

Mutual language was not needed when communication happened through these girls’ smiles and several blow kisses.

I had no time to think of any of the devastating events from past few days when these beauties shared their time with me.

 When terror attacks and scared people who react to them with fictive news were filling thoughts around the world, us three decided to build a moment of happiness.

It didn’t matter that our age gap was about 15 years. The fact that our homelands are 3252 km away from each other’s was not important.

 We didn’t have time to be scared of each other or anything else --- there was just a little time and so much warmth to be shared.

Georgie and I went to take classes for DAK students last Saturday.

Theme of the class for 6-year-olds was sculpting.

For this task in pairs, I was lucky the students were not an even number, so that I would be a statue for Greward (name changed). When I was the finished creation, he made sure that his classmates would not come too close to his artwork.

 In the session with 7-year-olds we explored embodiment of their own visual creations.  

The students made me re-find the joy in simplicity. Some of them were having the first dance class of their life, but their commitment towards their artistic engagement was inspiring.

They naturally took to each task and immediately made their own creative expression.

There was full trust between the session leaders and the big group of lively pupils.

We had met for the first time and only spent under an hour with the practises, but when they worked it was unbelievably efficient.  

I can’t wait for the days when I can see how these makers of the future are “old enough” to build a stronger world with the power that they showed to us when making dance.

In these cases:

we met suddenly,

had an inspiring as well as caring time

and

I learnt a lot.

--Maikki 

University of the Arts Helsinki
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